- to kill suddenly or secretively, especially a politically prominent person; murder premeditatedly and treacherously.
- to destroy or harm treacherously and viciously: to assassinate a person's character.
Origin of assassinate
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Related Wordshomicide, massacre, slaughter, manslaughter, carnage, bloodshed, assassination, murder, bloodbath, genocide, extermination, lynching, felony, crime, destruction, shooting, terrorism, butchery, annihilation, bloodletting
Examples from the Web for assassination
Assassination was something that occurred in other countries, other centuries.The JFK Assassination: The Long Weekend That Never Ended
November 1, 2013
Case Closed: Oswald and the Assassination of JFK author Gerald Posner reports.Teddy's JFK Theory
August 26, 2009
There was only one book about which he never wrote back– the 1993 Case Closed: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Assassination of JFK.Ted Kennedy Was No Victim
August 26, 2009
Assassination, blinding, or banishment were the price of defeat.Venice and its Story
Assassination, when it proceeded from the mob, was in their eyes no offence at all.
Assassination didn't work but combat did, and the results were the same.The Ethical Engineer
Henry Maxwell Dempsey
Assassination, with some one else doing the work, was much the better way.Mystery Ranch
Assassination is an ugly word: it was not used, but it was contemplated.The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte
William Milligan Sloane
- to murder (a person, esp a public or political figure), usually by a surprise attack
- to ruin or harm (a person's reputation, etc) by slander
Word Origin and History for assassination
c.1600, noun of action from assassinate (v.).
1610s, from past participle stem of Medieval Latin assassinare (see assassin). Of reputations, characters, etc., from 1620s. Related: Assassinated; assassinating.